Buddhism . Origins. 500BC No god to worship 350 million Buddhist today- most are in south east Asia UK and Buddhism: 151,000 in Britain (2001 census). Story. Three main types of Buddhists . Theravada : Meditation Practise in a monastic community
Five preceptsa rule or guide on how you should live
If you are a traditional Buddhist you generally wear robes.
The robes are called a Civara. Wearing a Civara is the first of a monk's four traditional requirements. Monks are never to enter a village without wearing all three parts of their robe:
Buddhist also wear mala, which is a bracelet that has 108 beads. The 108 beads on the mala represents the 108 human passions that Avalokiteshvara assured when telling the beads. They also have 3 extra beads on the mala to represent the completion of a cycle of mantras. The 3 extra bead also symbolize the Three Jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The hidden string that passed through all the beads symbolized the penetrating power of the Buddha’s.
4am- meditate for one hour, chant for one hour
6am- walk around the local neighbourhood collecting food (this is called alms)
8am- sit down (on the floor) for breakfast then make blessing for world peace until 12
12pm- lunch- this is the last solid food they will eat until the next morning (fasting)
1pm- Classes- these include learning about Buddha, improving knowledge in various subjects.
6pm- meditate and pray for 2 hours
8pm- homework and bed